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Cobra – First Strike [1983]

Country USA          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members Jack Holder – Guitar, Keyboards, Jeff Klaven – Drums, Jimi Jamison – Lead Vocals, Mandy Meyer – Guitar, Tommy Keiser – Bass

Tracks 01. Blood On Your Money (3:51), 02. Only You Can Rock Me (4:16), 03. Travelin’ Man (5:13), 04. I’ve Been A Fool Before (4:14), 05. First Strike (2:55), 06. Danger Zone (5:02), 07. Looking At You (3:51), 08. Fallen Angel (3:47), 09. What Love Is (4:08), 10. Thorn In Your Flesh (3:52)

Profile “First Strike” is the debut album by American hard rock band “Cobra” originally released in 1983, reissued in 2008 by “Rock Candy Records”. “First Strike” was to be the first and only album by “Cobra”, featuring guitarist Mandy Meyer and Jack Holden, bassist Tommy Keiser, drummer Jeff Klaven and iconic singer Jimi Jamison who would go to front AOR powerhouse “Survivor”.

Musically, “Cobra” were substantially different to “Survivor” , essentially being a guitar driven band featuring complementary keyboards and up-front rhythm section but clearly not the flamboyant style of bass/drumming that would become popular in the following years, endorsed by melodic hard rock groups. One has to comment that the guitar leads are pretty inventive and “First Strike” does bare pretty shredding solos and twin guitar leads; yet those melodic guitar lines are rarely found within the basic song structure (opening, verse, chorus) mostly reserved to the guitar solo spot of each song.

Perhaps it goes without saying that Jamison is the focal point of “Cobra” putting on a vocal performance that is very much comparable to his highlights with “Survivor”. The singer carries all the core melodies of each song with the same passion and attack that made him famous the rock world over. Though putting forward a very different style of rock than what we have come to expect from Jimi since his “Survivor” debut, “First Strike” is a quality hard rock album that includes a fair share of intense moments.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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Cobra - First Strike [1983], 9.3 out of 10 based on 15 ratings
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